Samuel Bowmer (1894–1970)


Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Deby Regiment)
2nd & 9th Battalions
Leicestershire Regiment 65181  

Derbyshire Courier 7 November 1916

Newpaper photograph of Samuel Bowmer


Harry, a collier, was born at Crich to John and Hannah Bowmer. Sadly his parents died young and it seems that teenage Samuel moved to live in the Manfield area of Nottinghamshire. He entered France in Nov 1914 and was wounded in Nov 1916. He married Edith Oscroft in 1918; March qtr (Mansfield reg district) and had a son. Three of his brothers are also on the Roll of Honour.
The original Roll of Honour records Samuel Bowmer as having the rank of lance corporal. However, his medal card records him as Sergeant Samuel Bowmer in the Sherwood Foresters then Leicestershire Regiment. His newspaper photograph shows he served in the Sherwood Foresters. The newspaper report dated 7 November 1916 states he was "formerly of Crich" which suggests that he had moved away,

Medal Index Record
65181 Sgt BOWMER Samuel; 12329 2/Notts& Derby R Sgt; 1239 9/Notts & Derby R
He enterd France 11 November 1914, awarded Victory , British War and 14 Star Medals. He also had clasp and roses dated 12 August 1920 ("Clasp and Roses" or "Cl" means the soldier received the dated clasp to adorn the ribbon of the 1914 Star, or a silver rosette to go on the ribbon when only ribbons are being worn)

Newspaper Report

Derbyshire Courier 7 November 1916
Lance Corporal S. Bowmer, formerly of Crich, wounded

Samuel Bowmer's brothers Harry BOWMER, Ernest BOWMER and John BOWMER are also on the Roll of honour.


1901: Top of town, Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
John Bowmer Head 36 Quarryman Crich
Hannah M Bowmer wife 32   Crich
Lizzie Bowmer daughter 11   Crich
William Bowmer son 10   Crich
John Bowmer son 8   Crich
Samuel Bowmer son 6   Crich
Rebecca Bowmer daughter 5   Crich
Harry Bowmer son 4   Crich
Ernest Bowmer son 3   Crich
Frances Bowmer daughter 2   Crich

RG13 piece 3231 folio 42 page 3

1939 Register: Sutton in Ashfield
Samuel Bowmer b.12 November 1894; colliery hewer
Edith Bowmer b.22 June 1894
Reginald Bowmer b.28 September 1922; builders labourer